Discussion on key themes includes:
- How digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities from component to building scales
- The difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization
- Material performance and manipulation
- Off-site and on-site construction
- Interdisciplinary education
- Economic and sustainable contexts
For 2020, FABRICATE is returning to its birthplace, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where substantial transformation in size, scope, and outlook has occurred in recent years including completion of the deep retrofit of its main building at 22 Gordon Street. The project, designed by Hawkins\Brown, doubled the available space. The building now provides over 1,200 students and 400 staff with cutting-edge facilities, including open plan studios, exhibition spaces and the workshop known as Bmade (The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange).
Posted on 19 June 2019 | 5:44 am
Join the ArchiCAD-Grasshopper Summer Camp and learn how to connect an early stage design with the Building Information Modeling.
Learn Grasshopper through simple exercises and all the technical steps to make these two softwares work together.
At the end of the course, you'll be able to understand, edit and develop your first usable definitions. Optimize your daily work in a fun summer environment!
Posted on 19 June 2019 | 4:34 am
October 24–26 2019
Graz University of Technology, Austria
Posted on 17 June 2019 | 4:42 am
News from the Master's Degree in Parametric Design in Architecture (MPDA): Daniel Piker will lecture and take part in the jury of Studio2 next Thursday, June the 20th, at 14.00h in ETSAV's Assembly Hall in Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona.
The course will focus on construction-aware design and conclude with the fabrication of 1:1 models based on novel and experimental building systems. This year students are designing and fabricating hybrid bending-active spherical GFRP elastic gridshells, with a high emphasis in the fabrication feasibility, and extensively relying on both physical and digital models made with Kangaroo and analyzed with K2e. The course has included several seminars and masterclasses with the participation of international field experts including Christoph Gengnagel, Riccardo La Magna and Cecilie Brandt.
Form-finding through minimisation
Daniel is involved in the design and realization of complex forms in architecture through both research and practice. Formerly working at Arup's Advanced Geometry Unit, and currently, in the Specialist Modelling Group at Foster+Partners, he is also the developer of the form-finding tool Kangaroo which enables a wide range of interactive physical simulation and optimization within the Rhino 3D CAD software.
Posted on 17 June 2019 | 2:16 am
ARCHICAD 23 has been announced recently, and the connection with Rhino and Grasshopper is now even stronger.
Come join SIMBIM Solutions webinar on Algorithmic Design (Grasshopper) in ARCHICAD.
Posted on 16 June 2019 | 11:33 am
Learn how to use the SortalGI shape grammar interpreter in this four-day workshop.
You will explore the development and application of shape rules within the Rhino/Grasshopper environment supported by the SortalGI shape grammar interpreter. This shape grammar interpreter supports both shape rules and description rules, including points, line segments, plane segments, circles, ellipses, circular arcs, and quadratic Bezier curves, in two and three dimensions, both parametric and nonparametric rules, and shape emergence, in both Rhino and Grasshopper.
The workshop will start in Grasshopper, using the SortalGI plug-in. The second half of the workshop will switch to Rhino, exploring a graphically interactive interface as well as a scripting interface to the shape grammar interpreter.
Tentative structure for the workshop:
- Day 1: Nonparametric shape grammars in Grasshopper, shape and description rules, curves—Rudi Stouffs
- Day 2: Parametric shape grammars in Grasshopper, predicates and directives—Rudi Stouffs and Dan Hou
- Day 3: Interactive shape grammars interface in Rhino—Andrew Li
- Day 4: Shape grammars in Rhino, shape attributes, basic scripting—Dan Hou
Each day will include one or more brief presentations on aspects relating to shape grammars and the SortalGI interpreter, more extensive hands-on tutorials to explore shape rules and grammars within Rhino/Grasshopper, and time and support to explore your own shape rules/grammar development and application.
- Bring your own laptop with Rhino 5 or 6 installed.
- Some prior familiarity with Rhino is useful.
- Prior knowledge of Grasshopper is not required.
- Prior knowledge of shape grammars is not required.
Posted on 14 June 2019 | 2:37 pm
- Re-engineered Column and Beam tools—These tools have been completely redone to create faster and more accurate details and quantity estimates for reinforced concrete, complex steel, timber, and composite beams and columns, including geometrically complex forms of these elements.
- Void, Niches, and Recesses—A brand new Opening tool dedicated to model and coordinate project design voids, recesses, and niches.
- Renewed Solibri connection—ARCHICAD 23 enables seamless code and construction checking at any stage of the design. The updated add-on automatically detects and sends only those elements in the BIM that are changed, resulting in a faster round-trip collaboration.
- Enhanced dRofus connection—Capture and organize client planning requirements and use these to validate and propose design alternatives.
Posted on 14 June 2019 | 10:10 am
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Posted on 12 June 2019 | 2:40 pm
We're delighted to share the release of the 4th edition of the Essential Mathematics for Computational Design. This publication by McNeel aims to help introduce design professionals to the foundation mathematical concepts that are necessary for effective development of algorithmic and parametric designs using Grasshopper. The text and examples explain, with some depth, concepts such as NURBS geometry, vectors, and transformation, all with visual illustrations and using nearly 100 Grasshopper definitions in Rhino 6. We are now recording the material into short videos (2-4 minutes each). The first set of videos are here, and more will follow.
Download Essential Mathematics text and Grasshopper examples...
View Essential Mathematics videos...
Posted on 10 June 2019 | 11:52 am
Location: University of Sydney, The School of Architecture, Design and Planning
148 City Rd, Darlington, NSW 2008
Workshop: 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Public Lecture: 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
This two-hour continuing professional development course and one-hour public lecture will introduce computational design strategies for cutting-edge timber building technologies, including digital fabrication of integral timber joints and closed loop digital design workflow for timber plate structures.
Traditional wood joinery techniques have been successfully employed for hundreds of years in the construction of tall timber structures. Due to a resurgence in mass timber construction and a proliferation of CNC fabrication machinery, these integral joints are again an economical and performative way to construct timber buildings.
Appropriately designed, integral joints introduce many structural and constructability benefits. These include greater control over part tolerances and mechanical behaviors, self-aligning and self-locking features for faster assembly, and reduced part production cost through optimization of material use and CNC fabrication time.
Such benefits can only be realized with a high degree of coordination between the designer, fabricator, and builder. In this course, participants develop the skills required to achieve such coordination and deliver cutting-edge, digitally-integrated timber buildings.
Posted on 10 June 2019 | 11:24 am
Mass customization through Additive Manufacturing is already widespread for materials such as plastic or metal, but for others like concrete and stone, this process is still too expensive or too complex to be commercially viable.
Thanks to technical developments and a convergence of ideas like ShapeDiver and Concr3de, a company can now publish an algorithm in the form of digital product on their website. Their end users can then customize online and immediately 3D-print a unique design.
This combination of parametric design via Grasshopper and Rhino web-based customization and Additive Manufacturing can allow products to be designed and directly ordered online in a completely new range of materials at affordable prices. The design can go from concept to a real tangible product in a matter of days.
Posted on 5 June 2019 | 3:57 am
Adrian Landon, metal sculptor and long time Rhino user, first downloaded Rhino when he was 17. He wanted to design cars, so he taught himself how to use Rhino. That was 13 years ago. Then Adrian picked up metal work. He moved from four-wheel designs to four-legged designs—life-size metal mechanical horses.
Now he is creating Wings of Glory-The Mechanical Pegasus, a giant mechanical metal Pegasus sculpture for Burning Man 2019. It has a total wingspan of 40 feet, and most of the mechanics will be visible.
The Pegasus will gallop and fly in slow motion in the air on fire! A propane flame system will shoot out flames while the sculpture is in motion.
Wings of Glory is in its final design and engineering stages. For more details, go to the Kickstarter Campaign.
Posted on 4 June 2019 | 4:47 pm
Posted on 4 June 2019 | 4:33 am
Join us for the inauguration of "Campus Creativo" at Universidad Latina of Costa Rica - Sede HerediaThe Creative Campus is a multidisciplinary educational space that houses many creative disciplines. Its purpose is to launch academic settings that encourage creativity, promote innovative communication integration, and inspire new ways of solving problems and formulating ideas.
Posted on 3 June 2019 | 8:02 am
- Uses the popular SubD interface for existing or original models and easy learning.
- Yields high quality (C1, near C2) surfaces, no extraordinary points.
- Generates excellent triangulations: no cracks, no overkill, no clusters, with good Level of Detail (LOD) management.
- Creates quality, Rhino compatible B-spline outputs. A superb way to convert polygons to B-splines.
- Has a compact database.
- Produces watertight models for 3D printing.
- Employs OBJ input/output.
- Allows open or closed models with Bezier curve boundaries.
Posted on 3 June 2019 | 2:52 am
- Read obligatory course literature
- Attend the course on site
- Provide a short, verbal reflection of their own PhD-project
- Present the design developed during the course (including technological observations)
- And finally, produce a 4-5 page manuscript covering the students’ reflection of their PhD project vs. the topics of the course
Posted on 30 May 2019 | 3:39 am
The Bamboo Office, a project entirely designed with Rhino (2D+3D) and with an environmental analysis performed with Grasshopper, is one of the winners of the 1st International Design Building Competition promoted by the Chinese Sustainable Design Centre and the China New Building Materials Design & Research Institute. Barberio Colella ARC (Maurizio Barberio and Micaela Colella), in collaboration with Angelo Figliola, designed this interesting project in which architectural, bioclimatic, and environmental aspects converge.
The award-winning proposal features a double-skin facade surrounded by 15-meter tall bamboo plants to optimize the bioclimatic behavior of the building and reconnect employees with nature while working.
The building is part of a masterplan developed by the Chinese Institutions in which participants have been invited to design green buildings to showcase a new sustainable era for the future of China. The construction of all the winning entries will start in the next few months after the follow-up technical meeting.
Posted on 29 May 2019 | 7:47 am
In this advanced two-week class, you will learn to take advantage of Rhino's most advanced features. You will also learn tips and tricks for making high-quality models faster and easier.
- Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20
- Tuesday-Thursday, June 25-27
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Calculate your time zone.
Advance your Rhino skills by attending this live, online training with instructor Pascal Golay. Pascal is a technician at Robert McNeel & Associates and frequently posts to the Discourse Support Forum. Homework is encouraged, but optional. All sessions will be recorded posted for your study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience.
What you need for the class:
- Rhino 6 for Windows software installed. The instructor will be using this version.
- Rhino 5 for Windows and Rhino for Mac are not recommended.
- A stable and fast Internet connection.
- A headset/microphone combo.
- See the outline of class topics.
Posted on 28 May 2019 | 1:55 pm
The new cyclist and pedestrian bridge offers more than a supporting structure. It becomes a new vitalizing infrastructure within Heidelberg, creating a new sense of space and brings the coexisting areas into a new context. The 600m infrastructure is a succession of urban situations: parks, side streets, short narrow passages, and wide riverside promenades. The bridge acts as an urban connector and unifier, creating an efficient and smooth connection between places to revitalize.
The bridge is constructed as a monocoque which flows. Its seamless and multifaceted form contributes to the abstraction of the entire design. The main geometry refers to Gothic elements from the Holy Spirit Church creating multiple layers that peel. The ramps form branches created from the main trunk. The bridge becomes a sculpture that reflects its surroundings and is also reflected in the water above the Neckar. It opens a new poetic dimension. The bright rose color is reminiscent of the main lights and shadows of the city. The rhythm of the bows swings with the old bridge. Each "infrastructure instrument" plays its own music and follows its own path.
Client: City Heidelberg, Germany
Architect: SPANS Sterling Presser
Team Design lead: Nicolas Sterling / Elke Sterling Presser
Assistant Artemis Koumparelou
Engineer: Adao da Fonseca Engenheiros Consultores Lda
Team: Antonio da Fonseca, Renato Bastos
Landscape: A24 Landschaft
Team: Jan Grimmek, Steffan Robel, Nikos Orfanidis, Joshua Kirk
Rendering: GRAUVISUALS, Ioannis Efstathiou
Stage: Invited competition
Posted on 24 May 2019 | 4:52 am
CounterSketch is a 3D design software solution for jewelry sales. It offers a wide range of customizable styles and Stuller ordering options. It has a revolutionary system that allows the seller to create a customized piece for any customer.
iCreatia, Authorized Rhino Reseller, is organizing a free Countersketch + Rhino webinar in Spanish. During the session, they will teach you how to design a piece and how to prepare an STL file for 3D Printing.
Posted on 24 May 2019 | 2:40 am
Posted on 23 May 2019 | 9:40 am
AA Visiting School (AAVS) is coming to New York. This program will focus on digital and scripted design methodologies, realized through digital representation and fabrication techniques. Each tutor will introduce their own methods of working within the platforms of Rhino, Grasshopper, Python, and Maya.
This Visiting School will explore emerging possibilities in advanced architectural design and urban futures. This endeavor not only hopes to reveal a glimpse of what the city could be but also start a discourse to offer future urban solutions to the changing landscapes of our metropolises around the world.
In the studio workshops, student groups will produce an urban proposal driven by new, advanced computational techniques.
Morning presentations and evening public lectures will be presented on topics relevant to the workshop agenda, offering exposure to a wide range of methodologies and applications used by the instructors and guest speakers in their practices.
With its ever‐increasing densification and redevelopment, as well as the growing diversity of its cultures, New York is one of the best locations to witness an evolving city. AAVS New York will offer site visits to several prominent buildings that have shaped and influenced urban habitation.
To conclude the program, a public event will be held to present final group projects and lead into a discussion session covering future urban growth within New York and using computational methodologies to address the issues impacting contemporary urban systems.
Posted on 22 May 2019 | 4:07 pm
This course is for design professionals looking to learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.
You will need one of these:
- Rhino 6 for Windows, which includes Grasshopper
- Rhino 5 for Windows and the free Grasshopper plug-in
- Rhino for Mac, which includes Grasshopper
Prerequisite: This course requires Intro to Grasshopper training or equivalent.
Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:58 am
Free webinar: Designing Jewelry for Manufacturing
9:00 AM-11:00 AM PDT
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Calculate your time zone.
Discover the potential of Rhino 6 for jewelry design with a focus on manufacturing. Gary Dawson, ART and owner of Gary Dawson Designs, will demonstrate how Rhino 6 can supercharge the jewelry design and fabrication process.
- Details about Gary's use of Rhino 6 in his jewelry design business.
- Live presentation using Rhino 6 to design a ring.
- Tips and tricks for using Rhino 6 will be highlighted along the way.
- Live questions and answers during the webinar.
Posted on 22 May 2019 | 9:40 am